Home Building trends

Waterfront lots available on Bob’s Lake

A new development on Bob’s Lake, just 20 minutes from Perth, Ontario presents a great opportunity for anyone wanting their own bit of waterfront in the region. Nordlaw Cottages has been redeveloped on a site that was home to the former Nordlaw Lodge.

Sitting on 6.5 acres, this new cottage community includes 1,350 feet of waterfront and includes 18 lots of varying sizes in the design plan.

Residents would share common elements including main driveway, boat launch, beaches, docks, parking, etc.

At this point, the offering is also being packaged with a range of simple cottage designs. An 800-850 sq ft cottage would be approximately $250k.

Interested to know more? See video, development map, site plan and contact info below.

Bobs Lake development map

Nordlaw Cottages

David Simpson
Tel. 613-282-5601

Bob's Lake cottage development site plan

Ottawa's Saddlebrooke Estates
EkoBuilt News

Secluded country lots available just a hop from Kanata

The Saddlebrooke Estates offer a special opportunity to live surrounded by protected park land in the Carp Hills just a short hop from the bustle of Kanata. Although more than 70% sold, around ten lots are still for sale ranging in size from 2.1 to 3.6 acres. This is a pretty unique opportunity and a bit of a hidden gem within Ottawa.

The Estates run along two very quiet roads that are already home to many large, established homes with natural gardens and well established trees. Because the lots were sold in two phases, choosing a lot here means that you won’t feel like you’re in the middle of a housing development.

Enjoy protected rural living on secluded, affordable 2 to 3.5 acre lots just minutes from Kanata

Location map for Ottawa building lots at the Saddlebrooke Estates

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In addition, you’ll enjoy:

  • the rolling hills and trees of 300 acres of protected park land that surround the Estates
  • a guarantee of a lifetime of privacy with no further development
  • being able to ski or hike right from your back door
  • rural living with the convenience of nearby city amenities

Priced from $160,000 to $200,000, the lots represent excellent value and interested buyers can discuss details with Burnford Realty, a family-run company in Ottawa which originally assembled and owns the lots.

Saddlebrooke Estates Contact

Krista Aselford of Burnford Realty
613-726-8000
krista.aselford@burnfordrealty.com
http://saddlebrooke-estates.com

Tiny Tulip coach house plan
Coach / Tiny Homes, Energy Efficiency, Home Building trends

Coach Homes of Ottawa: Your Questions Answered

After a month of intense activity at some great shows where we met a lot of great folks, it’s time to get back to the topics that you’ve asked to hear more about. Chief among those is coach homes and tiny homes, and there is definitely an intersection between our energy efficient coach house plans and anyone interested in living small.

Many of you have already familiarized yourselves with the essentials of our coach house offering, so in this post we’re enhancing that information for those of you who are clearly entertaining the notion of building to this scale. Here are the questions we get most frequently:

Are the plans customizable?

Ottawa coach house plans by EkoBuilt

EkoBuilt’s Mooneys Pad tiny house plan

Indeed they are! While we currently offer 8 coach house plans, we can modify any of them or create new plans from scratch.

We are a complete design/build firm and love the challenge of finding the best design for each client’s particular needs and preferences.

What can I build on my property?

This is definitely a question for a City of Ottawa development officer, reachable at 613-580-2424. A call to the City will help to clarify any specific limitations or considerations for your property. We can also help with interpreting the information you receive from the City, as we deal with this regularly.

How do your costs compare?

EkoBuilt’s costs appear to be approximately 10 – 12% higher than some of our competition, which results in an additional $20,000 on average by project. But consider this:

Building codes are becoming stricter every year and adopting the most energy efficient build that you can afford now is well worth it. It’s wise to protect your coach house investment by building to the passive house standard in order to keep pace with changing codes (in fact, you’ll stay ahead of codes and recoup your costs and more over time).

EkoBuilt is quite unique in its approach and can work with you to build to the standard that best fits your current budget while protecting your investment for the long run.

Definitely read our post What it costs to build a coach house.

Do we need solar panels?

Solar panels can be used for additional economic benefit, offsetting Hydro bills, but they are not required. In our design and construction we are mainly focused on saving money through a focus on super energy efficiency.

For those interested in solar panels, one of the greatest benefits of our coach homes is they are easily net zero (able to produce as much energy as they use) which results in a complete offset of your utility bills. An approximate $10,000 investment in solar panels is a good baseline.

Ottawa Coach House Essentials

Make sure you review everything in our Coach House section, and please reach out to us if you’re thinking about:

  • simply living small
  • a home office or home studio
  • a secondary dwelling
  • an in-law suite
  • a rental unit / Air B&B

We can help you to consider all of the angles and to come up with the smartest plan for you.

Energy & Household Trends, Energy Efficiency, Simply Sustainable, Solar Power

Our experience at Toronto’s Green Living Show 2018

We were delighted to take part in the Toronto Green Living Show this year. It was a great event that really felt like a 21st-century show!

There were electric cars from a number of different companies, lithium ion power walls, vertical gardens for your living room, vertical farming out of a container, and geodesic domes where you can grow produce year round even in our climate.

We loved being part of the showcase of green living options and really enjoyed talking about about our electrically operated homes, which are designed to cost just pennies a day to operate.

Cartier table top fire featureCongratulations to the winner of our Eco-Feu raffle at the show, Stephanie Hahn of New Hamburg, Ontario.

Stephanie won a Cartier tabletop unit from Eco-Feu. These ethanol units make perfect centerpieces and/or accent lighting. Burning for 2 to 3 hours, they feature a soothing, vibrant, real flame.

The future is now and we need to embrace it! Photos below from the event.

Check out this video about the Green Living Show from The Tesla Model 3 owners club.

 

Photo Gallery

EkoBuilt News & Happenings

Win tickets to the National Women’s Show this weekend!

National Women's Show 2018 in OttawaWe have 10 free tickets to the National Women’s Show in Ottawa this weekend (14-15 April) at Shaw Centre. To enter, just answer this question using the survey form in this blog post. We’ll award the tickets at 9pm tonight! Make sure you check your email.

Note: the contest prize has no cash value or equivalent replacement.

You could win a Cartier Table-top Fire Feature

Cartier table top fire featureWe’ve also got a Cartier tabletop fire features from ethanol fireplace maker Eco-Feu of Montreal to give away! We will raffle the unit — anyone who joins our mailing list at the show this weekend will automatically be entered into the draw. Get the full details here!

National Women’s Show
Shaw Centre
Canada Hall 3
55 Colonel By Drive
Ottawa, ON  K1N 9J2
Tel: 613-563-1984 or 1-800-450-0077

Show Dates & Times
Saturday, April 14, 2018 ~ 10:00 am – 6:00 pm
Sunday, April 15, 2018 ~ 10:00 am – 5:00 pm

Questions?

If you have any direct questions, just email Dagne Forrest at marketing@ekobuilt.com.

Toronto Green Living Show 2018
EkoBuilt News & Happenings

Win tickets to Toronto’s Green Living Show this weekend

We have 10 free tickets to this weekend’s Toronto Green Living Show 2018 (April 6 – 8th at the Metro Toronto Convention Centre). To enter, just answer this question using the survey form in this blog post. We’ll award the tickets by the end of business today!

Note: the contest prize has no cash value or equivalent replacement.

Win a Cartier Table-top Fire Feature

Cartier table top fire featureWe’ve also got 2 Cartier tabletop fire features from ethanol fireplace maker Eco-Feu of Montreal to give away!

At the  Toronto Green Living Show 2018 (6-8 April) and The Healthy Brain and Body Show in Ottawa (21-22 April) we will raffle the units — anyone who joins our mailing list at these shows will automatically be entered into the draws.

Get the full details here!

Questions?

If you have any direct questions, just email Dagne Forrest at marketing@ekobuilt.com.

Cartier Eco-feu tabletop fire feature
EkoBuilt News & Happenings

Enter to win 1 of 2 Eco-Feu tabletop fire features

Okay everyone, we’ve got 2 Cartier tabletop fire features from ethanol fireplace maker Eco-Feu of Montreal to give away! At the  Toronto Green Living Show 2018 (6-8 April) and The Healthy Brain and Body Show in Ottawa (21-22 April) we will raffle the units — anyone who joins our mailing list at these shows will automatically be entered into the draws.

Cartier table top fire featureThese units make perfect centerpieces and/or accent lighting. Burning for 2 to 3 hours, they feature a soothing, vibrant, real flame.

The Cartier unit when paired with a 4 gallons of fuel would normally total $308.80. Show attendees will be able to enter the raffles to win the units (one at each show). We will also have a complete Eco-Feu catalogue on hand so that attendees can see the other ethanol fire place/feature options. This is an important give away for us, as it helps with communicating the ease of heating a Passive House.

Connect with us

Toronto Green Living Show 2018
Metro Toronto Convention Centre
April 6-8, 2018

EkoBuilt: Booth #1328

The Healthy Brain and Body Show
EY Centre, Ottawa
April 21 – 22, 2018

We look forward to seeing you!

Braeburn Estatest just west of Ottawa
EkoBuilt News & Happenings

Waterfront lots just west of Ottawa

The Braeburn Estates offer a special opportunity to live on gorgeous waterfront just outside of Ottawa. Prime building lots along the shores of the Madawaska River offer classic Eastern Ontario landscapes. Picture your dream home with beautiful vistas of the Madawaska River, nestled in a forest of hardwood, pine and spruce. Hill-top vistas beg for homes to be set in the trees overlooking the river.

These beautiful building lots are designed to have prime views of the Madawaska River and lots of privacy.

  • The terrain is blanketed with a beautiful mature forest – wildlife is abundant
  • Enjoy shared community access to the Braeburn Estates dock and swimming area
  • Swim, paddle, kayak, row and fish on the beautiful Madawaska River!

Enjoy one of Ontario’s cleanest, longest rivers – swim, paddle, fish, and row – or just relax and enjoy the view!

  • Alpine Skiing is just 15 minutes away at Calabogie Peaks
  • Walk or bike to the local cafes and galleries in picturesque Burnstown
  • More shopping awaits in Renfrew and Arnprior (10 minutes by car)
  • The Burnstown Beach is right across the river, with beautiful sand beaches, play structures and a boat launch
  • Hop over to the Neat Café in Burnstown where live music performances are a regular occurrence
  • Ottawa is a short drive away with its museums, restaurants, theatre, and the Rideau Canal

Location

Located within the historic and picturesque Township of McNab Braeside, Braeburn Estates is Ottawa’s newest and most beautiful river-front community.

  • Easy commute to Ottawa, with Kanata just 25 minutes away
  • Located at Burnstown, Ontario – an historic Ottawa Valley Hamlet

Directions from Ottawa: Take Hwy 417 west, continue on 17 west. Turn left at Cty Rd 508 / Calabogie Rd. At Burnstown, turn left on Burnstown Rd. Turn left at the top of the hill on Building Supply Rd. Drive to the end and you are at Braeburn Estates.

Available Lots

  • Lot sizes vary from 1 – 3 acres; all have at least 145’ water frontage;
  • Lots will have Bell & Hydro service brought to lot line, and will have frontage on a new paved road
  • All lots in the community will enjoy shared access to the community dock and swimming area
  • Phase 1 Lots will be available for possession late spring/summer 2018

Please click on the diagram of available lots below to see a full size version.

Community Development Vision

  • Community Covenants will help ensure the protection of the environment and encourage common design standards
  • Friends and family of homeowners in the community will enjoy shared access to the community dock and swimming area
  • As is typical of all property along the Madawaska River, the water frontage is owned by OPG (Ontario Power Generation). Home owners may apply to OPG for a license to use the waterfront and build dock facilities.

Work with EkoBuilt

As one of the select builders in the closest new waterfront community to Ottawa, we are excited to offer the opportunity of a passive or timber frame home to anyone who shares our vision.

Contact us to discuss available property, design approaches (both for the dwelling and its heating/cooling) and cost to build.

Braeburn Estates Contact

Website
Facebook
Contact: Susan Anglin, susan@braeburnestates.ca, 613.319.3136

Lot division for the Braeburn Estates

Ticket winners for the Ottawa Home & Garden Show
EkoBuilt News & Happenings

Our Winners: Tickets to Ottawa Home & Garden Show 2018

Congratulations to the winners, listed below, of free tickets to the Ottawa Home & Garden Show 2018, which will run from March 22-25 at the EY Centre.

Our winners:

  • Sara Horton
  • Jerry Beattie
  • Mary Connelly
  • James Lefebvre
  • Paul Smith
  • Jennifer Moore
  • Benoit Delorme

Thanks to everyone for reading and filling in the survey!

If you still need to buy tickets to the show, remember the special offer we posted earlier this month: Get $4 OFF tickets to the Ottawa Home & Garden Show